Schizoaffective disorder is a mental illness that combines features of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It is a serious mental illness that can be disabling.
People with schizoaffective disorder may have:
Hallucinations: Seeing, hearing, smelling, or feeling things that are not there.
Seeing, hearing, smelling, or feeling things that are not there. Delusions: False beliefs such as thinking that someone is out to get you or that you are a famous person.
Mania: Feeling very high and happy OR irritable and angry for no reason This may include having lots of energy, racing thoughts, and being impulsive. Loss of interest or pleasure in activities most people would enjoy in activities, most people would enjoy. Feelings of worthlessness or guilt:
A sad feeling about yourself is that you are a bad person even if you have done good things. This may also be called “guilt” or “shame.”
People with the schizoaffective disorder tend to think that they committed some kind of crime like murder even though the idea is not true (delusional thinking). These feelings can make it hard for someone to take care of him- or herself; think logically, or have positive relationships. Problems with movement: This may include being very still, slow movements, and body rocking.
difficulty speaking, thinking, and understanding language.
Problems with attention, concentration, and memory.
People with schizoaffective disorder may also have problems with their daily activities, such as getting dressed, bathing, or cooking. They may also have problems keeping a job or taking care of themselves. It is important to remember that people with schizoaffective disorder can get better with treatment.
Types of schizoaffective disorder:
There are two types of schizoaffective disorder:
Bipolar type: This type has symptoms of mania and depression.
Schizophrenic type: This type has symptoms of schizophrenia and does not have symptoms of mania.
Both types are serious mental illnesses that can be disabling. Treatment is important to help people with schizoaffective disorder get better.
Treatment Options for schizoaffective disorders:
Treatment for the schizoaffective disorder may include:
Medicines: Some people with the schizoaffective disorder need medicines to help control their symptoms. These medicines include antipsychotics, antidepressants, and mood stabilisers.
Psychotherapy: This is also called “talk therapy.” It involves meeting with a therapist to talk about your thoughts and feelings. This can help you learn more about your illness and how to manage it.
Rehabilitation: This includes services such as vocational rehabilitation, supported employment, and day treatment. It can help people with schizoaffective disorder learn new skills so they can return to work or school.
People with schizoaffective disorder may also need help from family members or friends to take care of themselves. It is important for family members and friends to be understanding and supportive.
In addition to treatment, people with the schizoaffective disorder need a safe place to live and healthy relationships with others. They also need their symptoms of schizoaffective disorder treated as well. For example, medicines for schizophrenia or bipolar illness may prevent them from getting better if they do not take the medicine every day. It is important for people with the schizoaffective disorder to keep going to therapy until they feel better. They should seek out new therapies that can improve their quality of life even more once they start feeling better.
People with schizoaffective disorder who stop taking their medicines or do not take medicines as prescribed are likely to have a relapse of their symptoms within 4 – 6 months after they stop treatment.